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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:19:50 AM

The latest battleground is North Carolina, where the Republican-controlled state Senate last month unanimously approved a measure that would block Tesla from selling online, its only sales outlet here. Tesla has staged whiz-bang test drives for legislators in front of the State House and hired one of the state's most influential lobbyists to stave off a similar vote in the House before the legislative session ends in early July.
Stephen Voss for The Wall Street Journal Tesla 'galleries' such as this one in McLean, Va., can show but not sell cars.
The focus of the power struggle between Mr. Musk and auto dealers is a thicket of state franchise laws, many of which go back to the auto industry's earliest days when industry pioneer Henry Ford began turning to eager entrepreneurs to help sell
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 7:33:33 AM

car dealers = cockroaches
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ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 7:05:44 AM

Testa will be in bankruptcy soon.
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 1:18:00 AM

WHAT? The REPUBLICANS NO LONGER SUPPORT FREE ENTERPRISE.
MUST BE A BUNCH OF RINO IN NORTH CAROLINA !!!
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:12:47 PM

Will Tesla win and generate sales on line? Time will tell.
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SVmike
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:05:08 PM

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned at how valuable a service all those knowledgable car salesmen are to the public. We must preserve the current system otherwise some members of the public might get taken advantage of by a non-dealer car salesman, who we know to be certified to be honest and trusting and only out to help people into the car that they need.
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BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:26:07 PM

In some states, including North Carolina, dealers are pushing lawmakers to strengthen prohibitions against any form of direct-to-consumer selling by auto makers.

Nothing like self preservation, considering many of the dealers are lawmakers. Don't want no horses racing that might create competition for the home herd.
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HorizonChaser
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:14:23 PM

Says they are scared of changing the status quo.
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doggod
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:25:07 PM

Same old story: politicians getting in the way of commerce on account of insider hookups with local businesses. Tired of it yet?

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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:05:12 PM

OK
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 4:04:47 PM

Today Tesla' tomorrow Amazon?
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ss70
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:53:38 PM

GOP is a pain in the back
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Zuegma
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:19:46 PM

I bet the lawyers are just chucking their way to the bank with this barrel of worms.
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apachewarrior3
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:14:07 PM

Wow.
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CivicMA
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:55:33 PM

What happened to "free enterprise" as part of the US democratic system??

A pox on both houses!
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:43:01 PM


"...republican-controlled state Senate last month unanimously approved a measure that would block Tesla from selling online..."

Yes, because the GOP hates the free market and loves its financial donors.
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:40:28 PM

The old GOP blockage trick.
Good luck in 2016.
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bisonjim
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:25:26 PM

If the buyers pay the appropriate state sales tax, it's good for everyone.
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rcornel
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:39:46 PM

We'll see...
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thizben
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:00:36 PM

It will be interesting to see how this goes. It could have wide-reaching affects.
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kag2010
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:56:35 PM

I don't care which way - just bury them.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:46:01 PM

send that expensive company back to la la land
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bills299
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:40:27 PM

Wow!
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Cothrom
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:36:21 PM

For some reason, something doesn't sound right here. Must be missing it
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PhilMils
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:34:31 PM

gcalleja has it right. It IS unfair trade. The auto dealers are trying to shut out Telsa unfairly just to save their old business model that adds more cost to vehicles.

I used to live in NC. One of the most telling things about the state was when a woman told me NC was the best state in the country and she knew it to be true because she had never been out of NC. Regretfully, she was far from alone in that. Regretfully, it is how the GOP operates today, too. The GOP hasn't always been that way.

TX has its own ego problems.
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streetirsx
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:28:05 PM

I dont get why delears are so affraid of Telsa..
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gcalleja
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:14:30 PM

This is unfair trade.
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hmw10284
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:13:46 PM

Time for a restraint of trade suit against NC and TX.
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JeffersonState
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:11:57 PM

Sounds like the State Senate was bought off by big money.
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:02:45 PM

Boeing was ok but Tesla is not?
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niffty50
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:02:36 PM

North Carolina needs to move into the 21st century.
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FortVancouver01
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:59:12 AM

A sad commentary of where the GOP is today. They used to represent the people.
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:57:19 AM

Many of those laws are trade restraints.

Bury them Tesla. Deep and dead. Or alive. I don't care which way - just bury them.
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RBob
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:54:27 AM

I thought the GOP stood for less government interference..?
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Infidels
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:51:02 AM

Do any of these legislators care about the consumer?
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OHIO50
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:48:16 AM

OK.
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:46:50 AM

SMH.
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evowner
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:44:07 AM

When you push big business they push back harder.
These legislators are working for the public good?
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:40:24 AM

Jeff1944, I agree with you, I done the same, I went Independent
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:39:27 AM

This law is crazy - Tesla does not have franchise dealers and therefore should be allowed to sell their cars online. I can buy any other car online, why not this one?
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Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:30:16 AM

And people wonder why they switched from GOP to Democratic like I did. The Republicans are OUT OF CONTROL!
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